Despite our name, video99.co.uk is also a leading audio transfers service, offering an exceptionally wide range of audio formats.  We can run audio to CD, MP3, computer or minidisc, just let us know your requirements. 

Recordings are generally made on our Tascam DR-100MKII and SS-R250N professional audio recorders, using a digital link for playback of digital audio formats (Minidisc, DAT, DCC, DTRS, ADAT etc.).


Reel to reel

Reel-to-reel audio domestic two-track and four-track (stereo or mono) tapes, up to 7" spools at both 3.75 and 7.5 inch/second speeds costing around 18 per hour (depending in complexity).  Lower speeds can also be handled where required too.  Now also available: Two-track and four-track recordings on spools of up to 10.5" with NAB centres and speed up to 15 inches per second, with our specially modified and fully serviced Ferrograph tape deck, costing around 22 per hour.

Ferrograph tape deck Ferrograph professional tape deck.

A domestic tape spool



Minidisc

MD minidisc to CD including LP2 and LP4 at 12 per hour.  Transfer to CD or computer will be carried out in a pure digital data stream for the best possible results.


Cassette

Cassette (Compact Cassette) to CD or computer (including Dolby B and Dolby C recordings) at 12 - 18 per hour depending on complexity, utilising a three-head dual capstan cassette deck of outstanding performance.

Digital Compact Cassette DCC

Digital Compact Cassette DCC to CD or computer transfers now also available, starting at 16 per tape.  DCC was a digital audio format marketed by Philips from 1994 to 1996.  Despite excellent technical results, it was not a commercial success.  Transfer to CD or WAV files can be carried out in a pure digital data stream for the best possible results.

DCC cassettes


DAT (Digital Audio Tape)

DAT Digital Audio Tape (32k, 44k and 48kbit/s recordings).  DAT to CD or audio files at around 16 per tape depending on complexity.  Transfer will be carried out in a pure digital data stream for the best possible results.  If I am supplying WAV files, I can retain the 48kHz sample rate if your tapes are recorded in that format (superior to CD quality).  Our machines presently include a Sony DTC-690, PCM-7040 and a Tascam DA-30MKII, all of which have digital outputs for connection to our Tascam DR-100MKII and SS-R250N professional audio recorders.


Microcassette and Mini Cassette

Microcassettes are usually used as dictation machine / answerphone tapes, I can run Microcassette to CD or audio files at both 1.2 and 2.4 speeds.  I can also run Minicassette (Mini Cassette), usually these tapes are used in professional dictation equipment.  Both cost just 14 per hour, less in quantity.

Microcassette and Minicassette tapes.Microcassette (left) and Minicassette (right) tapes are very similar and often confused.


Audio tracks from video tapes

Audio tracks from any kind of video cassette can be transferred to CD or computer file.  This includes Hifi or linear audio tracks from VHS, Betamax etc., and camcorder tapes of all types. 

We can run PCM digital audio recordings of the PCM-F1 format (including PCM-501 and PCM-701) usually recorded on Betamax but may be any video cassette.  Very few transfer companies handle the PCM F1 format, and even fewer can accept both PAL and NTSC tapes.  Beta tapes are played on equipment which is specifically designed for use with these decoders, so have the PCM switch which disables the D.O.C circuit for best PCM performance.   The cost of PCM-F1 transfers is typically 25 for up to 80 minutes.  There is the option of a pure digital transfer of PCM-F1/501/701 tapes at just 6 extra per tape: very few audio transfer services have a pure digital transfer option available for this format.  Just email me with your requirements.

PCM digital audio If you see this kind of image on a screen when playing (usually) a Beta or Umatic video tape, then it is likely that you have a digital audio recording.  This one is the PCM-F1/501/701 format.

Also available is capability for PCM digital audio recordings made on the Sony EV-S800, EV-S900, EV-S700U, and Pioneer VE-D77, which could record up to 6 sets of digital stereo recordings on an 8mm video cassette in audio-only mode.  The cost for this is around 16 per hour, it's a very rare format.

8mm  tape

PCM 1610/PCM1630 digital audio recordings on Umatic are also available.  These are played back on the specially designed Sony DMR4000 Umatic player connected to PCM1630 decoder which supports RAR (read after read), to greatly reduce the chances of tape defects affecting the sound.  (Even so, tape condition is very critical to this format).  Costs 30 for one tape, discounts in quantity.
PCM1630 and DMR4000 kit

Hi8 tapes were used on a range of professional PCM 8-track recorders, including the Sony PCM-800, Tascam DA-88 and Tascam DA-98HR machines.  We have all three of these, so can support both 16 and 24 bit variants.  The format is known as DTRS (Digital Tape Recording System).  For one-off tapes the cost is usually 30, falling to 25 for 10+ tapes.  They are supplied as four stereo WAV files to cover the 8 audio tracks, and are extracted from the equipment via a pure digital route.
8 track digital recordings on Hi8.

A competing format to the above was ADAT from Alesis, initially offering 16-bit then later 20-bit recordings on the ADAT type II format.  This format is also supported, with pure digital capture via the Alesis AI-1 interface.  16-bit recordings are supplied as 16-bit WAV files, whereas 20-bit recordings are supplied as 24-bit WAV files since that is the next higher bit depth supported by the Tascam SS-R250N.  Each tape is run up to four times in order to provide all eight channels as four stereo WAV files.  For one-off tapes the cost is usually 30, falling to 25 for 10+ tapes. 
ADAT  player

For professional recordings, email me details.

8-track tapes

8-track cartridges were often sold as pre-recorded titles in the 1970's, but recorders also existed to allow recording onto blank tapes.  I can run 8-track tapes in stereo to CD with track splits.  Priced around 10 - 25 per tape (depending on quantity and complexity), I now have brand new 8-track equipment in to get the very best results.  Sometimes these tapes require special attention if they are snapped, have parts missing or disintegrated, or the tape pack is improperly wound.  There can be a small charge for this work but it's usually only about 5 - 10.


What I don't do

I don't generally run vinyl to CD transfers and at the moment don't know of any company that does this, sorry. 


TESTIMONIALS  

Some previous testimonials for www.video99.co.uk audio transfers.

We are listed on the independent Freeindex service, most of the newer reviews are on that site now.  Below are some of the older ones.


How to request an audio transfer.

To request an audio transfer,  please email me with your requirements and include your postal address.  Audio recordings require particular personal attention, just let me know of any requirements.  Usually I transfer to CD but options include transfer to computer file, minidisc tape and more.  We have a new and easy order page, just select what kind of tapes you have and supply your details.

Ideally can you ensure you send the tapes in a package which is sufficiently large and robust for me to use to send back your original tapes. Usually I will send the audio files or CDs to you ahead of returning your tapes, then when you've confirmed you are happy with the transfers, I will return your tapes. This way I can help you further if necessary - for example you can now see you want a different part of a tape transferred on its own or you want extra copies.  I recommend audio files rather than CDs, since they are easier to edit, share and back up, can be higher quality for some formats, and overcome the 80 minute limitation of CD.  For audio files I typically provide WAV files for easy editing, and if required, smaller MP3 files for easy uploading and sharing.

We do NOT run audio to a computer sound card because this is not the highest quality.  Instead we always transfer to professional quality Tascam digital audio recorders, to give you the very best sound quality.

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